Come Monsoon and the danger of Dengue looms large. Four new cases of Dengue have been reported in Dehradun on Monday taking the total number of people affected with this disease in the state to 21.
Chief Medical Officer of Dehradun Dr. S.K. Gupta confirmed four new cases of Dengue coming up for treatment in different hospitals of the state. Three among the four patients were women including a 13-year-old girl. ” While one of the patients is admitted to Coronation Hospital, the other three were sent home after treatment and medication.
Among the four new cases, three are from Raipur while one is from Uttarkashi,” said the CMO. He added that the health department has been put on alert and a door to door survey is being conducted in different parts of the district to prevent the spread of the disease.
Raipur has been declared the most sensitive area for the disease by the health department. Monsoon is supposed to be the most conducive season for the rapid breeding of mosquitoes which can lay about 1200 eggs at a time, that subsequently get hatched in a week’s time. An infected mosquito can procreate and infect a large number of people.
Dengue is caused by a mosquito “Aedes Aezypti” commonly known as Tiger Mosquito. This is a viral infection with persistent high fever, headache, joint pain and rashes on the body as some of the symptoms of this disease. This leads to a drastic decrease in blood platelet count which, if not treated on time, can be fatal.
In order to prevent the spread of this disease, people are advised to wear full sleeve clothes. It is noteworthy that Dengue mosquitoes breed in clean water. So, people must be careful and ensure that there is no water logging around the area of living and on rooftops.